Ex-Man City and West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini set to take over at Real Betis on two-year deal

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FORMER Manchester City and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to be confirmed as Real Betis boss, according to reports.

La Tercera suggest it is only a matter of hours before the Chilean is officially unveiled at the Benito Villamarin Stadium with a two-year deal.

Pellegrini has been out of work since leaving the Hammers in December.

But the 66-year-old is held in high regard in La Liga courtesy of spells in charge of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga.

He also spent three seasons at the Etihad between 2013-2016 before being replaced by Pep Guardiola.

Pellegrini won the 2013/14 Premier League as well as two League Cup trophies during his time in Manchester.

Betis sacked coach Rubi after his team picked up just one point from their first three matches after La Liga’s resumption.

Sporting director Alexis Trujillo is steering the ship temporarily until the end of the season.

But it appears Pellegrini is the man to take the club forward in the long-term with Betis having the option to extend his contract into a third season.

Pellegrini is thought to have an offer on the table from Turkish side Fenerbahce but would prefer a return to Spain and is clear favourite for the Betis job.

The Andalusian side are a lowly 14th in the La Liga table, just nine points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play.

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